Professor, Department of Anthropology, Barnard College
Nadia Abu El-Haj is professor in the Departments of Anthropology at Barnard College and Columbia University, and Co-Director of the Center for Palestine Studies. She is the author of Facts on the Ground: Archaeological Practice and Territorial Self-Fashioning in Israeli Society (2001), and The Genealogical Science: The Search for Jewish Origins and the Politics of Epistemology (2012), both published by the University of Chicago Press.
Professor in Education and Education Program Director/Chair, Barnard College
Thea Renda Abu El-Haj, Professor in Education, is an anthropologist of education. Prior to joining Barnard College, she was an associate professor at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. She currently serves as the President of the Council on Anthropology and Education of the American Anthropological Association. Abu El-Haj’s research explores questions about belonging, rights, citizenship, and education raised by globalization, transnational migration, and conflict.
Joseph L. Buttenwieser Professor of Social Science
Lila Abu-Lughod teaches anthropology and gender studies at Columbia University. She is a former director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, the Center for the Study of Social Difference, and the Middle East Institute, all at Columbia.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Rachel Adams is the director of the “Precision Medicine: Ethics, Politics and Culture.” She is Professor of English and American Studies at Columbia University, where she specializes in 19th- and 20th-century literatures of the United States and the Americas, media studies, theories of race, gender, and sexuality, medical humanities and disability studies.
Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University
Vanessa Agard-Jones is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Columbia University, and also serves on the Executive Council of Columbia University's Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and is affiliated with the Institute for Research in African American Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the joint program in Anthropology and French Studies at New York University and held a postdoctoral fellowship at Columbia's Society of Fellows in the Humanities. From 2014-2016 she was on the faculty at Yale University.
Virginia B. Wright Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History, Barnard College and Columbia University
Alexander Alberro, Virginia B. Wright Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History at Barnard College and Columbia University, is the author and editor of numerous books, including Abstraction in Reverse: The Reconfigured Spectator in Mid-Twentieth Century Latin American Art (2017); Luis Camnitzer In Conversation with Alexander Alberro (2014) and What is Contemporary Art Today? (2012).
Associate Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center
Dr. Askanase completed her fellowship in Rheumatology at New York University School of Medicine/NYU Hospital for Joint Disease and continued there as an investigator where she participated in multiple NIH and industry sponsored clinical trials, and gained extensive experience with SLE patients. She is currently the Director of the Lupus Center and Director of Rheumatology Clinical Trials at Columbia University Medical Center.
Assistant Professor of Social Work, Columbia University
Dr. Ballan's research, teaching and service is dedicated to individuals with disabilities. Her research focuses on prevention and treatment interventions for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She is the recipient of the prestigious 2010 Columbia University Presidential Teaching Award. She has received the Texas Excellence Teaching Award, the Services for Students with Disabilities Faculty Award and twice, Columbia students bestowed her with the excellence in teaching award.
Anne Whitney Olin Professor of English, Barnard College
Professor Baswell rejoins the faculty at Barnard and Columbia after a period as Professor of English and Associate Director of the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA, 2001-2008. Baswell’s earliest research was in the reception and transformation of classical literature, especially narratives of empire and dynastic foundation, in the vernacular cultures of the European Middle Ages. He has approached these issues through the optic of original manuscripts, and in the light of the multilingualism of medieval France and England.
Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts, School of the Arts, Columbia University
Carol Becker is Dean of Faculty and Professor of the Arts at Columbia University School of the Arts. She was previously Dean of Faculty and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her B.A. in English literature from State University of New York at Buffalo and her PhD in English and American literature from the University of California, San Diego.
Victoria and Esther Aboodi Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center
Natalie Bello is a clinician scientist at the Columbia University Irving Medical Center where she practices cardiology with a specialty in multimodality imaging. She received her BS from Cornell University, her MD from University of Rochester, and a MPH degree from Harvard University. Dr. Bello is the director of research for the Columbia Women’s Heart Center and her broad scholarly interest is elucidating gender differences in cardiovascular health and disease.
Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
Helen Benedict is a novelist and journalist specializing in social injustice and war. Her most recent writings have focused on women soldiers, military sexual assault, and Iraqi refugees, and she is credited with breaking the story about the epidemic of sexual assault of military women serving in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Seth Low Professor Emeritus of History, Columbia University
Volker Berghahn specializes in modern German history and European-American relations. He received his M.A. from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1961) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1964). His publications include: America and the Intellectual Cold Wars in Europe (2001); Quest for Economic Empire (ed., 1996); Imperial Germany (1995); The Americanization of West German Industry, 1945-1973 (1986); Modern Germany (1982); and Europe in the Era of Two World Wars (2006).
Associate Professor of Journalism, Columbia University
Nina Berman is Associate Professor of Journalism at Columbia University. She is a documentary photographer with a primary interest in the American political and social landscape. She is the author of two acclaimed monographs “Purple Hearts – Back from Iraq,” portraits and interviews with wounded veterans, and “Homeland,” an exploration of post September 11 America.
Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
Sheri E. Berman is professor of political science. Her main interests are European politics and political history, democracy and democratization, globalization, and the history of the left. Her two books, The Social Democratic Moment; Ideas and Politics in the Making of Interwar Europe and The Primacy of Politics: Social Democracy and the Making of Europe's Twentieth Century have examined the role played by social democracy in determining political outcomes in 20th-century Europe. Her book Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe: From Ancien Regime to the Present Day is forthcoming from Oxford University Press.
Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology, Barnard College
With Janet Jakobsen, Elizabeth Bernstein is currently serves as co-director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s project on Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations, a comparative and synthetic interdisciplinary project comprising researchers from ten countries. She is the author of Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex (University of Chicago Press, 2007).
Assistant professor, American Studies, Barnard College
Jordan T. Camp is a term assistant professor of American Studies at Barnard College. He is the author of Incarcerating the Crisis: Freedom Struggles and the Rise of the Neoliberal State (University of California Press, 2016), co-editor (with Christina Heatherton) of Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2016), and co-editor (with Laura Pulido) of the late Clyde Woods’ Development Drowned and Reborn: The Blues and Bourbon Restorations in Post-Katrina New Orleans (University of Georgia Press, 2017)
Professor of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Barnard College
Tina Campt's work theorizes gender, memory and racial formation among African Diasporic communities in Europe and Germany in particular. She is the author of Other Germans: Black Germans and the Politics of Race, Gender and Memory in the Third Reich (2004), which examines the mutual constitution of racial and gendered formations among German Blacks in the Third Reich. Her new project, Imaging Black Europe: Archive, Photography and the African Diaspora, studies how Black Britons and Black Germans used photography as an expressive cultural practice to create forms of identification and community in the first half of the twentieth century in Germany and the UK.
Professor of Religion and Director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women, Barnard College
Elizabeth A. Castelli is a cultural historian of late ancient Christianity and a translator. She is the author of Martyrdom and Memory: Early Christian Culture Making and Imitating Paul: A Discourse of Power; co-author, as a member of the Bible and Culture Collective, of The Postmodern Bible; and editor of Women, Gender, Religion: A Reader; Interventions: Activists and Academics Respond to Violence (with Janet Jakobsen); Reimagining Christian Origins (with Hal Taussig); and special issues of the Journal of the History of Sexuality, differences: A Journal of Feminist Cultural Studies, and Scholar and Feminist Online.
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Rita Charon is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. A general internist with a primary care practice in Presbyterian Hospital, Dr. Charon took a Ph.D. in English when she realized how central is telling and listening to stories to the work of doctors and patients. She directs the Narrative Medicine curriculum for Columbia's medical school and teaches literature, narrative ethics, and life-telling, both in the medical center and Columbia's Department of English.
Professor of English and Africana Studies, Barnard College
Yvette Christiansë is a South African-born poet, novelist, and scholar. She is the author of two books of poetry: Imprendehora (2009) and Castaway (1999). Her novel Unconfessed (2006) was a finalist for the Hemingway/PEN Prize for first fiction and received a 2007 ForeWord Magazine BEA Award. Her poetry has been published in the U.S., South Africa, Australia, Canada, France and Italy. She teaches poetry and prose of former English colonies (with an emphasis on South Africa, the Caribbean and Australia), narratives of African Diaspora, 20th Century African American Literatures, poetics and creative writing.
Director, Columbia University Center for Oral History
Mary Marshall Clark, along with the sociologist Peter Bearman, undertook a large, longitudinal oral history project, “The September 11, 2001 Oral History Narrative and Memory Project,” a collection of 600 interviews with culturally and ethnically diverse New Yorkers differently affected by the afterlife of the September 11th events. Clark, Bearman, Catherine Ellis and Stephen Drury Smith co-edited 19 of these stories in After the Fall: New Yorkers Remember September 2001 and The Years that Followed. Currently, Clark is directing a legal, historical project on the post-9/11 use Guantánamo Bay as a detention center, and on the ramifications of policies of torture and rendition on individuals and families.
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Department Chair, Columbia University
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley (1997); B.A., Williams College (1989). Sarah Cole specializes in British literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, with an emphasis on the modernist period. Areas of interest include war; violence, sexuality and the body; history and memory; imperialism; and Irish literature of the modernist period.
Department of English, Columbia University
Trevor Corson is the author of two books, including the worldwide popular-science bestseller The Secret Life of Lobsters. His work has been anthologized in The Best American Science Writing and he was managing editor of the literary magazine Transition when it won three consecutive Alternative Press Awards for International Reporting. He has written for The Atlantic, The New York Times, and many other publications.
Research Operations Manager, Institute for Genomic Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
After completing her MS in Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology, Neha Dagaonkar worked as Scientist in pharmaceutical sector for several years before transitioning to Molecular Diagnostics. She has a penchant for global health policy with respect to Economics and Race and Ethnicity. She works as Volunteer for several organizations with focus on Health Policy and Genomics. She is an active blogger and policy advocate for Global health, International relations and Health Economics.
Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University
Former Director of the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality (IRWGS), Patricia Dailey is a co-founder of the Junior Faculty Advisory Board, the ASSC, and the University Seminar on Affect Studies.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Faculty, Program in Narrative Medicine, Columbia University; Faculty, Health Advocacy Graduate Program and Fiction Writing Program, Sarah Lawrence College
Sayantani DasGupta, MD MPH is the Co-Author of "The Demon Slayers and Other Stories: Bengali Folktales," author of "Her Own Medicine: A Woman's Journey from Student to Doctor," and co-editor of an award winning collection of women's illness narratives, "Stories of Illness and Healing: Women Write their Bodies." She teaches courses on illness and disability narratives and narrative, health and social justice and is co-chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Narrative, Health and Social Justice.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science, Columbia University
Sheila Dauer, former Director of AIUSA’s Women’s Human Rights Program during the program’s existence from October 1997 to end December, 2008. Since 1988, as a charter member of an AIUSA Taskforce on Women’s Human Rights, she worked with both AI international research office and other national sections to develop AI’s policy, action and publications on women’s human rights.
Professor of French and Philosophy, Columbia University
Souleymane Bachir Diagne specializes in history of philosophy, Islamic philosophy, African philosophy and literature, and received his academic training in France. An alumnus of the École Normale Supérieure, he holds an agrégation in Philosophy (1978) and he took his Doctorat d’État in philosophy at the Sorbonne (1988) where he also took his BA (1977). Before joining Columbia University in 2008 he taught philosophy for many years at Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar (Senegal) and at Northwestern University.